Clinical Teachers

This is a resource page for clinical teachers engaged in educating UNSW Medicine students both in clinical settings and on campus. Your Clinical School will let you know how to become engaged in clinical teaching and what resources are available.

UNSW medical students are taught clinical medicine in a wide array of hospital and community practice settings. There are four metropolitan clinical schools based at large teaching hospitals, an expanding Rural Clinical School, as well as the School of Psychiatry and the School of Women’s and Children’s Health. The School of Public Health and Community Medicine is responsible for general practice teaching and placements. GPs also teach in the hospital environment; please contact the Clinical School if you are interested in doing this.


Support & training for clinical teachers

This can come from several different sources, including your clinical school and UNSW Medicine. UNSW Medicine runs New Teaching Staff Induction Days at the UNSW Randwick campus three times a year (February, mid-year and November). New and seasoned clinical teachers including conjoint title holders are encouraged to attend. For further information click here

BLAST online modules for clinical educators everywhere

Enthusiasm and a desire to see junior staff and students do well in the clinical environment is often the most important ingredient for a good clinical teacher, and not everyone can pursue qualifications in teaching, although this is encouraged if you wish to do more educational work. However, all clinical teachers can benefit from using good quality existing resources that discuss and demonstrate what makes for effective bedside teaching, and gives practical tips and suggestions for, and examples of, how to improve your teaching practice. We recommend the Blended Learning Approach to Supervisor Training (BLAST) resources developed right here at UNSW. Whilst this takes a little time to work through it is strongly evidence based and provides good detailed examples of approaches to both the everyday and more challenging teaching situation:


Clinical Medical Education Program (C-MED Online Modules)

The C-MED program is an innovative modular program designed for UNSW Medical Conjoint who wish to improve their teaching skills and knowledge. For more information go to


Conjoint Title Holder

A great deal of teaching in the clinical environment is undertaken by medical and other health professionals who are principally engaged in clinical practice in our affiliated hospitals and/or MRIs. UNSW Medicine greatly values this enormous contribution. One of the ways in which these relationships are recognised is via the process to confer a Conjoint title.

Conjoint status carries recognition, certain privileges (e.g. free access to UNSW online library facilities), and inclusion into the academic community of UNSW Medicine. There are currently more than 2000 conjoints who contribute to research and/or clinical teaching.

More information:


How do I get feedback on my teaching?

This is a very important part of developing your teaching skills and in developing your teaching career. Read more about this in how to evaluate your own teaching in our page on Course and Teacher Evaluation

There is also the Clinical teaching evaluation survey

  • Designed specifically for evaluation of clinical small group teaching
  • You can send a survey link to your students
  • Students fill in the survey online, putting your name in the box on the front page for "tutor/ clinician name"
  • When all students have filled in the survey you will receive the survey findings  - anonymous and de-identified

For further information - please contact Kerrie Arnhold


Clinical / Communication Skills Tutoring on Campus

There are opportunities for suitably qualified people to become clinical skills tutors and communication skills tutors for our Phase 1 students (first and second year students).

For further information click here.


More about teaching in the clinical environment

  • How does my teaching fit in with the curriculum?
    For a concise, general intro to the medical program click here
  • How can I help a student in difficulty?
    Medical students, like all university students, can experience personal or health difficulties, which may result in poor academic performance or attendance. There are a number of ways students can be supported through these times, which include counselling services at UNSW, meeting with UNSW Medicine’s Wellbeing Advisor and attending their own health professional. During this time students may need to apply for Special Consideration so that allowances can be made for their academic progress.

For more details contact the Academic Head of your Clinical Teaching Unit or see the links below:

UNSW advice for students

UNSW Counselling and Psychological Services

UNSW Medicine student well-being advisor

  • Teaching in the clinical environment (information available soon)
  • Giving constructive feedback (information available soon)
  • Medical student clinical assessments

Information for clinical examiners


Other learning and teaching support

Tips and resources for clinical teachers

See BLAST modules above

Theory and some simple tips for the general approach:

Lake, F.R. (2004). Teaching on the run tips: doctors as teachers. Medical Journal of Australia, 180(8), 415-416.

Lake, F.R. and Ryan, G. (2004). Teaching on the run tips 2: educational guides for teaching in a clinical setting. Medical Journal of Australia, 180(10), 527-628.

Gill, D. and Dacre, J. (2003). Teaching and Learning ‘At the Bedside’. Multiprofessional Faculty Development, London Deanery.

Ray, S. and Ganguli, P. (2009). Bedside Teaching. BMJ Careers.

Specific teaching topics:

Stanford Medicine 25. Promoting the Culture of Bedside Teaching. (Useful tips and videos)

A source of further links:

Kennedy, C. Update on Bedside Teaching: Useful resources on MedEdWorld.

We are interested in hearing from you about what resources you have found useful, and others that you would like to suggest. Please email and let us know.

Further resources for teachers:

  • MedEd Interest Group

If you are interested in medical education, why not join the UNSW Medical Education interest group (MedEd)? More information and to register in the group - click here 

Other useful links

  • UNSW Medicine Program Site: for information on the whole program, the phases, the course curricula and all assessments. (Login required with your UNSW zpass for full access).

For more information and support, contact your own Clinical School: